Syrian Christian Families Flee New Onslaught by Islamic State
JNS.org – Hundreds of Syrian Christian families fled their homes in the central Syrian town of Sadad over the weekend over fears of a new onslaught by the Islamic State terror group.
“People are living in fear in the area,” said Osama Edward, the director of the Christian Assyrian Network for Human Rights in Syria, the Associated Press reported.
Edward added that many Syrian Christians fear the same fate that Iraqi Christians and Yazidis faced when they were told by Islamic State to convert to Islam or die.
Meanwhile, Islamic State terrorists last week reportedly overran the town of Al-Qaryatain, where they captured 230 residents, including dozens of Christians.
“Daesh (Islamic State) kidnapped at least 230 people, including at least 60 Christians, during a sweep through Al-Qaryatain,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Many Christians from the Aleppo province had fled to Al-Qaryatain to seek refuge. Those who were abducted were wanted by Islamic State for “collaborating with the regime” and were hunted down by the jihadist group.